Hempstead, NY (population: 54,072) has ten catering schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Jna Institute of Culinary Arts, the highest ranked school in this group with a catering program, has a total student population of 49. It is the 2360th highest ranked school in the USA and the 202nd highest in the state of Pennsylvania (#1 is University of Pennsylvania).
Catering students from Hempstead schools who go on to become caterers, professional caterers, food service managers, food service directors, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 11,218,260 people working as food preparation and serving related employees alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $20,880. Also, Meeting and convention planners make on average $48,060 per year and there are about 51,530 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Nassau-Suffolk Metropolitan area alone, there are 480 employed meeting and convention planners earning an average salary of $46,820. Food preparation and serving related employees in this area earn $23,520/yr and there are 85,280 employed.
Hempstead lies in Nassau county, which is one of the 28 counties in New York. Overall, the Nassau-Suffolk Metropolitan area has 1,225,710 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.1% unemployment rate, $24.13/hr average worker wage, and a $50,190 average annual salary. Thus, about 69.575 out of every 1000 jobs in Hempstead are held by food preparation and serving related employees, and 0.391/1000 are held by meeting and convention planners.
Of the 10 catering schools with a 100-mile radius of Hempstead, only 5 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The Art Institute of New York City comes out as the most expensive ($33,682/yr) for catering students, with Mercer County Community College as the lowest, reported at only $3,403/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Hempstead|
|Garden City||NY||-||5||29.9653||250||2.0 miles|
|Fresh Meadows||NY||-||1||41.5392||2||8.7 miles|
|Far Rockaway||NY||-||2||14.0585||4||9.6 miles|
|Rego Park||NY||-||1||27.7974||9||12.8 miles|
|Jackson Heights||NY||-||1||28.2916||7||14.4 miles|
|New York City||NY||8,459,026||86||26.2632||1,528||16.9 miles|
|New Rochelle||NY||74,592||3||35.7163||149||17.4 miles|
|Long Island City||NY||-||4||18.9499||59||17.5 miles|
|Mount Vernon||NY||68,747||8||36.4632||259||18.2 miles|
|West New York||NJ||47,282||1||33.6373||6||19.5 miles|
|North Bergen||NJ||59,771||0||-||0||22.4 miles|
|Jersey City||NJ||242,594||10||25.9195||190||23.1 miles|
|White Plains||NY||57,617||2||21.3371||15||23.3 miles|